Beef Tenderloin with Balsamic Sauce

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. + chilling Bake: 50 min. + standing


8 servings

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
This beef tenderloin is quick and easy to prepare—but it's special enough to serve to guests, assures our Test Kitchen staff.


  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary or 2 teaspoons dried rosemary, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 beef tenderloin roast (2 pounds)
  • SAUCE:
  • 2 cups port wine or 1 cup grape juice and 1 cup reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  1. Combine the rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper; rub evenly over tenderloin. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. Place meat on a rack in shallow roasting pan. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 50-70 minutes or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 135°; medium, 140°; medium-well, 145°). Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing.
  2. In a saucepan, bring wine or grape juice and broth to a boil; cook until reduced to 3/4 cup. Add vinegar; cook for 3-4 minutes or until reduced to a sauce consistency. Stir in butter, salt and pepper. Serve with tenderloin.

Nutrition Facts

3 ounce-weight: 242 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 72mg cholesterol, 576mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 fat.